University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Division of Agriculture
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Abstract

Tomato (Lycopersicum esculentum ‘Early Girl’) seedling growth was evaluated in substrates containing varying proportions of ground rice hulls. Substrates were formulated containing 0, 30, 60, and 90% ground rice hulls with one-half of the treatments also treated with a surfactant. Seedling growth in two of the ground rice hull-containing substrates was generally similar to the two controls of 90% peat or 100% vermiculite. The germination percentages for all ground rice hull-containing substrates were similar to the two controls. Ground rice hulls are a viable alternative to peat and vermiculite seedling substrates.

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